Today’s first speaker was Edna Miklos, owner of The Hair Place in Golden, Colorado. Edna has owned The Hair Place for over 30 years and has three stylists to take care of all of your hair care needs. The staff does continuing education throughout the year to keep abreast of the latest styles and trends. Today, Edna wanted to talk to us about our styling tools – blow dryers, curling irons, brushes and the basic uses of them to protect your hair.
When it comes to our blow dryers, blow dryers come in a variety of several watts and power, they have a high and low air flow, although the air has one heat setting. If you have heavy thick hair you will need to purchase a dryer that has both of these settings. Remember that before blow drying your hair always towel dry prior but blot don’t rub your hair, then apply the product you most commonly use, ie. volumizer, mousse, straighten balm or thermal protectant. If you straightening your hair the brush you use is very important, using a paddle (flat) brush from the root and pull down straight along the side of your head – with the dryer nozzle right in line with the brush. When trying to create volume and curl use a round brush – preferably with a metal base, the metal base adds heat. You want to start close to the head and pull out and away from the head, the hair will tangle when wet and release as it dries. When drying out your hair make sure to section off your hair – sides, back and top. Drying section by section gives you better control and this also allows you to get the brush close to the scalp for better lift. Direct the end of the dryer on the brush and hair, drying with a downward motion. This will help smooth out the cuticle layer of the hair for more shine.
Once your hair is dry you can move to curling or straightening. Curling irons come in a variety of different sizes, from ½ to 3 inches; a professional iron can be as large as 4”. They will usually come with a high and low setting, although a professional quality will have settings from 1 to 10. Edna likes these the best because you can adjust the heat for each hair type.
When curling your own hair at home remember to turn your iron down to low before using on your hair – this will prevent damaging the cuticle. Also when curling or straightening your hair protect your hair with a thermal protectant, texturing cream or spray designed to get the best curl without burning the hair such as Redkin Spray Starch or Hot Sets. Once again when curling or straightening, section off your hair – remember that the size of your iron should match the size of each section (ie. ½ iron should be ½ sections). Wrap the hair starting at the scalp around the iron and don’t close the iron all the way, hold it for 5 sec. If you are using the right products you won’t hold the iron there for long. Curl each of these sections in a different direction so you won’t get a uniform look then separate the curls using a shine product like Redkin’s Vinyl Glam ot Tri’s Bright Lites. When using a straight iron start at the scalp and direct the hair straight down, this will smooth the hair for a bone straight look. Some straight irons have a wave attachment that will put a wave or crimp into the hair. This look can take a lot of time to get right and takes a lot of time. The final thing that Edna wanted to mention was your brushes – whether you use a round, flat, boar bristle or plastic – the type of brush depends on the look you are trying to achieve – flat for straight and round for volume.

Edna also mentioned her last trip to Las Vegas for the Redkin Hair Forum, while Edna spent most of her time in business management classes, she did have an opportunity to see some of the styles. The bright pinks and blues are not as popular this year, however they do remain but have become more subtle only seen when the hair move. The bob is back with a more dramatic line – shorter in the back and longer in the front and the classic Dorothy Hammill cut is remaining strong.

At The Hair Place they can help you with any type of styling or straightening and help you keep that style! Remember your hair is your most important accessory!
Edna Miklos * The Hair Place * 303.233.4764 *

Our second speaker was Vera Kiphardt with Leprino Home, Inc. in Denver, Colorado. Vera spoke today about home inspections and home appraisals. When putting an offer in on a home you should make the offer contingent on a home inspection.
The Home Inspection:
When looking at a home to buy people tend to fall in love with a home and you may be willing to look past some small issues. A home inspector can find those flaws that are easy to discern and fix, such as the state of carpeting or paint on walls. They, however go more in depth and look into the systems throughout the house. Some of the major issues, are the electrical wiring, plumbing systems and foundation stability. These areas require up-close physical inspection by a knowledgeable person to determine soundness. You can then use that report to determine if number one you still want to purchase the home or number two have the seller repair the flaws or to get a credit back from the seller so that you can do the fixes with your own contractor.

The Appraisal Process:
The Appraisal is the second item to do when purchasing a home. The appraiser is not looking at the same issues that an inspector, they are more focused on the location of the home, its proximity to desirable schools and other public facilities, the size of the lot, the size and condition of the home itself and recent sales prices of similar properties in the same location. While they aren’t worried if the house is clean but they do notice signs of neglect such as cracked walls, chipped paint, broken windows, torn carpets, damaging flooring, and inoperable appliances.
The appraisal will determine the current value of the property in the current market and if a home receives an appraisal lower than the offered price, there are some ways the purchase can still go through. The seller can reduce the price they are asking or the buyer can make a bigger down payment.

Vera also went over some of money savings ideas for that place you call home.
1) Switching out your incandescent lights with LED bulbs can save you 70.00 over the normal 25,000 hour lifespan.
2) Fixing a leaky faucet can save over 3000 gallons of water a year.
3) Having clean air filters in your furnace helps it run more efficiently.
4) Check you water heater once a year – this will keep you from having an unexpected flood and getting it clean can save on your heating bill.
5) Check for air leakage around your windows and doors – if you find air gaps fill them in with caulk. Preventing you from heating or cooling the outdoors!
6) It is a good idea to have your roof inspected once a year by a roofing contractor. They can find small issues and get them fixed before they become big ones.
If you are looking for a realtor that understands the market in Colorado give Vera Kiphardt and Leprino Home, Inc. a call!
Vera Kiphardt * Leprino Home, Inc. * 303.482.1299 *  *